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Tuesday, July 19th

When you think about diversity and inclusion, you might think about racial or gender representation. But there are 1.3 billion people worldwide who make up another distinct group: People with disabilities. This group is the missing piece in the global conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Investors and shareholders increasingly view disability inclusion as a vital component of the “S” in environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing.

Businesses can and should be a force for good and achieving that requires putting all of your employees, customers, suppliers and community first. To make progress, companies need to treat it as a business priority with goals, plans, measurement, and accountability.

Hosted by: Accenture

Remarks from:

  • Jill Houghton, President & CEO at Disability:IN
  • Chad Jerdee, Board Chair at Disability:IN and Retired General Counsel at Accenture
  • Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft

Just starting your accessibility journey? Have budget approval and executive buy-in and figuring out what’s next? This session will share best practices for building, advancing, and sustaining a digital accessibility framework that delivers results across the organization. Topics include: roles and cross-functional teams (including HR, procurement, communications and more), Chief Accessibility Officer and other leadership models; initial and sustained buy-in; accountability, maturity models, policies, and standards, learning and development, testing, growing and advancing disability leadership, budgeting issues.

Hosted by: Ally Financial

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the components of a digital accessibility framework and how to implement, sustain and grow them
  2. Understand the importance of disability leadership in all phases of the digital accessibility framework
  3. Recognize advantages and pitfalls of accessibility maturity models

Moderator: Sabrena Foxx, Senior Director of Enterprise Accessibility at Ally Financial

Panelists:

  • Paul Gallagher, Global Digital Accessibility Lead at Procter & Gamble
  • Meg Grow, Senior Consultant, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Boston Scientific

With more than 1 billion people with disabilities in the world, come experience “Show and Tell” on some of the latest accessibility innovations.

Hosted by: Microsoft

Panelist: Monica Goel, Executive Director, CVS Health Accessiiblity at CVS Health

Disability-Owned Business Pitch Perfect Challenge Hosted By: MassMutual

Certified Disability-Owned Businesses will pitch corporate leaders with innovative products and services.

Pitch Judges:

  • Raul Suarez-Rodriguez, Director, Economic Inclusion & Supplier Diversity at Merck
  • Christopher McKelvy, General Partner, K. Ventures
Panelists:

  • Preet Grewal, Head, IDEA Twitter JAPAC at Twitter
  • Shakti Harris, Head, US Inclusion and Diversity at Bayer

The pandemic has accelerated a mental health crisis. Accenture estimates that 90% of employees have been touched by mental health challenges, either personally or through someone they are close to. When businesses recognize this and create a culture that supports employees’ mental well-being, employees are more likely to speak openly, know where to go for help or advice, increase their productivity, and are more than twice as likely to love their jobs.

Hosted by: Fidelity Investments

Panelist: Camille Chang Gilmore, Vice President Human Resources, Global Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Boston Scientific

Wednesday, July 20th

NextGen: Discover The Future of Work

Unleash the disability advantage and leverage the power of human potential. Now is the time to dive in to the workforce of the future.

Panelist: Jonathan Harmatz, Senior Associate at Bristol Myers Squibb

Innovation Lab Hosted by: T-Mobile

NextGen teams will compete to bring bold, game-changing ideas to systemically address the world’s biggest challenges and build a world where we all realize our power to create change.

Neurodiverse employees are already in the workplace. Hiring programs should acknowledge this fact and create a welcoming, inclusive culture for candidates, and new and existing neurodiverse employees. This session will outline the actions companies have taken to create a safe space that supports, advances, and retains employees who are neurodiverse.

Hosted by: Prudential Financial

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how-to go beyond hiring to impact neurodiverse employees’ journeys through the workplace.
  2. Illustrate how corporate wide training leads to skills to support and develop individuals who are neurodiverse.
  3. Describe how to create a safe space where people are comfortable disclosing… or not.

Panelists:

  • Stephen DeStefani, Diversity & Inclusion Director, Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo
  • Natalia Lyckowski, Global Neurodiversity Advancement Leader at IBM
  • Jamell Mitchel, Global NCoE Ecosystem Leader at Ernst & Young

Since COVID emerged, work environments have dramatically changed. Some organizations have needed to continue to operate in-person throughout the pandemic, while others are still operating virtually or have implemented hybrid workplaces. Many E/BRGs are instrumental in supporting employees during COVID lockdowns and operate in their evolving workplaces through inclusion building initiatives. Many have also taken advantage of the virtual work environment to expand their E/BRG programming to include employees around the globe. The panelists will share approaches their E/BRGs have utilized to support members and provide useful programming within ever-changing work environments.

Hosted by: Citi

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore tips for ensuring flexible and effective work environments.
  2. Take away practical solutions to address virtual meeting fatigue and ensure virtual meetings are accessible.
  3. Learn about E/BRG involvement in mental wellness and caregiver support programs that have come to the forefront during COVID.
  4. Gain insights into effective inclusive management skills.

During this dinner, Disability:IN will present the 2022 Inclusion Awards and DEI top-scoring companies will be recognized. Stop by early to get a cocktail and take photos!

Hosted by: Experian

Moderator: Wil Lewis, Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Experian

Performance by Lachi Hosted By: Northrop Grumman Corporation

Lachi is a creative artist, singer, songwriter, inclusion advocate, and Founder of RAMPD who’s released songs with major and international labels and artists, collaborating with some of the biggest names in Dance music. Boasting millions of streams, Lachi’s music has debuted on national charts, aired on TV, radio and film, and has been featured in Billboard, Forbes, NY Times, Hollywood Reporter and Essence to name a few.

Thursday, July 21st

Our Inclusion Works companies through the Global Disability Equality Index (GDEI) found that executive leadership and Business/Employee Resource Group Engagement are key to advancing disability inclusion and self-identification around the globe. With a majority of disabilities being non-apparent, learn how corporations are inspiring inclusive cultures by highlighting disabilities as a strength and not a vulnerability.